Allardyce wants Sunderland to exploit Chelsea turmoil

Date published: Thursday 17th December 2015 3:30

Sam Allardyce: Angry about Sunderland's fixture schedule

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says his team need to capitalise on the turmoil at Chelsea following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked on Thursday with the reigning champions only a point above the relegation zone and 20 points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Sunderland travel to Stamford Bridge in what can realistically be described as a relegation six-pointer.

The Black Cats are currently 19th in the Premier League table, but would be level on points with Chelsea if they beat them at the weekend.

“Our job on Saturday is to try and continue that cloud Chelsea are under,” Allardyce said.

“We have to play our best on Saturday irrespective of the form Chelsea have been in. While we have won three games we have failed to get the odd draw here and there.”

Allardyce also says that due to the tightness of the Premier League this season, the points tally needed to escape relegation will be lower this year than in previous years.

“You have got to get 38 or more points to be sure of staying in the league,” he said.

“We have got to push on and try to take as many points from this group of fixtures.”

The Black Cats face Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in their next three games as they look to escape the relegation zone.

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